Coronavirus Update-7th July

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As part of Cheshire and Warrington LEP’s work to support the sub-region’s economy, the Growth Hub are sending regular newsletters to make sure businesses have access to the latest guidance and information. The Growth Hub want to help businesses as they begin to consider implications for reopening their business, ensuring customers and employees are safe and are able to adapt to the changes faced.
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We want to understand how the COVID-19 support has helped businesses in the sub-region and want to understand the long-term impact, COVID-19 will have on businesses in our area. These results will inform our recovery strategy  and we will share the results with government, to gain a better understanding of long-term support needed for businesses in Cheshire and Warrington.

Flexible Furlough   
From the 1st July, employers were able to offer employees flexible furlough. Employees on furlough leave will be permitted to carry out work for any amount of time and under any work pattern. This is known as “flexible furlough”. Employers will have to pay their employees for the hours worked but will still be able to claim Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme grants for hours not worked.  Find out more
Workshops to address manufacturing supply chain issues and apply for project funding
Innovate UK, KTN and Made Smarter are running a series of Supply Chain Collaboration Workshops. The workshops will explore the opportunities for using digital solutions to improve existing manufacturing supply chains, design new supply chain solutions and also help attendees develop their applications for the Manufacturing Made Smarter Supply Chain CompetitionThe webinars taking place are:

  • 10th July Pharma
  • 16th July General
  • 21st July Food & Drink
  • 31st July Aerospace & Automotive

Book your place 

Cheshire East Launches Second Phase of Grant Funding 
Cheshire East Council have launched the second phase of the local discretionary grant scheme, which is now open for applications and will close at 8am on the 10 July 2020. Grants of between £2,500 and £25,000 are expected to be awarded.This phase seeks to support a wider cohort of businesses, including some of those that were not eligible in the first phase and the government’s small business grant and retail, hospitality and leisure grant schemes.  Find out more 
The Pledge  
The Cheshire and Warrington Pledge helps businesses to work together with educators to provide every young person living, studying and/or working in the sub-region with everything they need to succeed in the world of work.Employers can work directly with young people, teachers, parents, carers and youth workers to help the local community identify the employment opportunities available.You can find out more about The Pledge through their upcoming events:

You can find out more about The Pledge here 

Accelerate Cheshire and Warrington is a £30M programme that has been designed to support businesses to reskill and upskill their current workforce. This programme is in partnership with the University of Chester and is partly funded by the European Social Fund.Accelerate has a wide range of training and skills development on offer for all employees who live or work in Cheshire and Warrington.

There are 100% and 40% funding options available depending on the size of your business.

Find out more about Accelerate here 

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